Depressive Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder may sound similar to schizophrenia, but it is actually a mental health condition that includes a combination of both schizophrenia and mood disorder symptoms. These symptoms may occur together or separately and are often followed by asymptomatic periods. To add to its complexity, there are two forms of schizoaffective disorder — bipolar and depressive. Because of this, and because the pattern of symptoms can vary widely from person to person, schizoaffective disorder is often misdiagnosed as general schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
To get proper treatment, it’s important to seek guidance from a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Dr. Blair of Blair Wellness Group is one of the most renowned and respected psychotherapists in these areas. If you’re looking for a dedicated psychotherapist in Beverly Hills who can help, we encourage you to contact our office to make an appointment.
Symptoms of Depressive Type Schizoaffective Disorder
Proper diagnosis relies on a careful assessment of an individual’s symptoms. It is understood that schizoaffective disorder looks similar to schizophrenia, but it also includes mood disorder symptoms that need to be evaluated to determine if a person has manic episodes, depressive episodes, or a combination of both. A person who has experienced manic episodes or a combination of both depressive and manic symptoms along with psychosis will often be diagnosed as having bipolar type schizoaffective disorder. Depressive type schizoaffective disorder is characterized by symptoms of psychosis and depression but without the episodes of mania.
People with psychosis have a detachment from reality. They often experience hallucinations, which are hearing or seeing things that aren’t there, or delusions — believing in something that isn’t true. While these are some of the most common symptoms of psychosis, there are others such as incoherent or disorganized thinking, catatonia, and anxiety or paranoia.
Similar to major depression, the symptoms that an individual experiences with depressive type schizoaffective disorder can contribute additional challenges to everyday life. Some of those symptoms may include a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, trouble sleeping or eating, lack of motivation, and social withdrawal.
Causes of Schizoaffective Disorder
Research has yet to uncover one clear cause of schizoaffective disorder. Instead, it is believed to be the result of a combination of factors that include brain chemical imbalance, genetic predisposition, or even environmental factors such as exposure to viruses or certain toxins. Until a specific cause and treatment can be identified, the best way to manage symptoms of depressive type schizophrenic disorder is to seek help from a licensed, clinical psychologist who has experience in schizophrenia and mood disorders.
Contact Blair Wellness Group For Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
Although there is currently no cure for schizoaffective disorder, seeking treatment and following a personalized treatment plan are the best options for managing symptoms and improving daily functioning. If you would like to learn more and are looking for a Beverly Hills psychologist, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Blair Wellness Group.
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